Murray, Cantwell release statements on Stevens' death

Senator Murray's Statement on Death of Former Senator Ted Stevens:

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement on the tragic death of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.

“Today we lost a committed public servant, a strong fighter for the Pacific Northwest, a husband, father, and loyal friend to me and so many others. I was proud to serve with Ted Stevens in the United States Senate. And my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and loved ones of everyone we lost in this tragic accident.

“I fondly remember my trip to China with Senator Stevens back in 2006. As a former Flying Tiger in World War II, he had a long and unique history with China, and his service was respected and hailed wherever we went.

“Senator Stevens was a passionate fighter for his state and for the Pacific Northwest. We certainly had our disagreements, but I was proud to join him to fight for our region’s fisheries, coasts, and other priorities. And we worked closely together to make sure our armed forces and veterans were getting the resources they deserved.

“Senator Stevens dedicated his life to his family and to the public he served for so many years. His passion, commitment, and friendship will be missed, and I join with people from the Pacific Northwest and across the country in mourning this loss and in offering my condolences to his wife Catherine, his children, and the many others who loved him dearly.”

Statement from Sen. Maria Cantwell follows:

SEATTLE, WA – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement regarding former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens’ death in an Alaska plane crash last night: “I am very saddened to hear of the news of former Senator Ted Stevens’ passing in a plane crash in Alaska. My heart and prayers go out to his family and loved ones and to the families of all the victims of this tragic accident. “Senator Stevens will long be remembered as an icon of the Senate, the Northwest, and Alaska. And he was a major force during his 40 years in the U.S. Senate. From fishery management measures, to ensuring funding for a strong national defense, Stevens left his legislative mark. I had the honor of working with him on transportation security, ferry-related issues, and a number of environmental and coastal issues, including reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, oil spill prevention measures including increasing the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, and improving our nation’s tsunami warning systems. “I admired Stevens for his long career in public service, which goes back to his service during World War II as an Army Air Corps pilot in the China-Burma theater, when dangerous flights were a daily occurrence. “I extend my condolences to his family, all the former Stevens staffers and his larger political family. Today’s tragic news of Ted Stevens’ death is devastating to us all. My heart is with the Stevens’ family and his loved ones during this time. “My thoughts and prayers also go out to the families of the others on board the plane, to those who have lost a loved one, and to those being treated for injuries.”